6 Medical Myths To Reconsider

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We live in an age of information overload. The Internet is a great resource for learning, but it can also be difficult to discern what’s true, real information and what’s rumor and hearsay. This is especially true of medical information. Here are six common medical beliefs to reconsider.

Myth - Vaccines cause autism.

Fact - Studies have shown that there is absolutely no link between autism and vaccination. Vaccination is one of the best ways to keep your children from getting potentially deadly diseases like the measles.

Myth - Juice Cleanses are good for you.

Fact - Many people trying to shed a few pounds have turned to juice cleanses- diets that consist of juice and often nothing else. However, depriving yourself of good, nutritious food is not a good way to get healthy. Smoothies and juices can be a good supplement to a healthy diet, but they should never replace food.

Myth - Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis.

Fact - This one is an old playground myth- excessive cracking of the knuckles will eventually lead to arthritis. It turns out that this is also untrue. There is no medical evidence that cracking your knuckles creates any adverse health problems.

Myth - Getting a flu shot will give you the flu.

Fact - While flu vaccines are made from the same germs that cause the flu, they will not give you the flu. Sometimes, people do get the flu shortly after getting a flu vaccine- the vaccine doesn’t present flu all of the time after all- and this has caused this particular health myth to continue on as people incorrectly attribute their flu to the vaccine.

Myth – You should starve a fever.

Fact - “Starve a fever and feed a cold” is something you have probably heard dozens of times in your life. It turns out this is untrue. Eating healthy food (as much as you can when you’re sick and have no appetite) is an important part of getting healthier.

Myth - We only use 10 percent of our brains.

Fact - It turns out that human beings actually use way more of their brains than 10 percent. This is another myth that you can safely stop believing.

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